Misc. Photos (Korea)

I’m posting some miscellaneous photos from my Korea trip here so they don’t get in the way of food and drink posts. There will also be some food related photos such as food stalls and market.

From Brussels to Istanbul all the Turks had Köfte. I opted for vegetarian meals at the time of booking. The menu below is served on flight to Seoul (from Istanbul). The partner says the chicken has curry. There’s no mention of curry in the descriptions. I wouldn’t be able to eat it anyway.

When I heard the announcement “boarding complete” and saw nobody walking towards my row I almost shrieked with delight. The best view on my flight!

Saw hundreds upon hundreds of these men who were clad in nothing but cotton towels at Istanbul airport. I thought they had gone to the sauna. I looked it up later and learnt they are muslim pilgrims on the way or on their way back from a pilgrimage. The garment they wear is called “Ihram clothing”.

They all wore pool slippers like mine, now you know why I thought they were on their way to the sauna, or had already been to.

I learnt something that day. (Apologies for the quality of the photo. It was sneaky of me.)

I like classical and modern designs. This is where you get tickets for the train to town. If you are as observant as I am you will quickly notice there’s always someone watching you closely. CCTV but not the intensity of what you see Hong Kong or the UK. But there are people of authority who walk around and observe you silently.


Korean metro is modern, fast and efficient, like in some other countries such as Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong etc.


Waiting for the train to arrive. Everyone looks at a screen in their hands.

A clever packaging design. You break the plastic jam package in the middle by holding the edges. Then squeeze out the content without getting your hands or cutlery dirty.

Burger King advert. Does the burger has (artificial) truffle taste?

My lodging is in this neighbourhood literally full of restaurants and eateries, one after another endlessly on every street and alley. At dinner time it’s all full of people inside.

What shall we eat today? The agony of choice.

This is the street where my lodging is located. I’m smack in the middle of restaurant. The smells, lights and noises can’t be avoided.

Live octopus for eating whilst they are still wiggling.

Also on my street, just a couple of block away is a market.

Eating seafood on plastic stools.

Crabs in chili sauce.

Scallion or leek kimchi. I do love all kinds of kimchi but have an aversion to scallions and leeks.

Deep-fried chicken with deep-fried potatoes. I thought it was poutine at first.


Train to Busan. I got here yesterday. Busan is in southern Korea. Fuknuoka Japan, is a boat ride away. After much research I decided Busan is my kind of place and not Seoul. I’m staying in town a for a little while just to eat and drink craft beer.

First thing at the station is locating where my carriage stops.

My train.

First class carriage.

Train to Busan is a cool horror film.

Brought my own beer and snack for the ride.

You also get some snacks and water included in the ticket price. An employee brings them to you. He/she also bows as he/she enters or leaves the carriage. Same in Japan but without the snacks.


This metal ring on the tray is for your gadget.

I am on the Train to Busan, without the zombies.


That’s pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing your experience(s), safe travels!!

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Interesting picture tour. Thank you.

Which city was it, btw? I guess it was Seoul since you got off the plane.

Thanks for the picts, I want to eat Korean NOW.

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Thanks, everyone.
Naf, I wrote Busan.

More photos…

Jagalchi fish market is aMAzing! My guide book says it’s the most atmostpheric (and smelly) market in the country. They have nearly all creatures from the sea. There’s a main building and a couple of smaller ones. Even more fish stalls and fish restaurants are all over on side streets outside of the main building.

Bodies of ray. Interestingly I don’t see the wings. It’s the other way around at the market at home, never see the bodies.

The black thing is some sort of shellfish flesh.

They love octopus here.

These are also popular.

Nicely portioned.

Many things are portioned like this.

Fish being dried.

Even supermarkets have a good seafood section. I saw some kind of tiny blue shellfish flesh and abalone (?).



Food model display in front of restaurant, not behind glass.

A part of the market.

Nicely organised. Koreans eat these leaves a lot. I get them with nearly every meal.

Some street food photos:

Once you buy the skewers you can help yourself to the broth.

More skewers.

Steamy food everywhere.

Meat patties.


Haha, I saw your picts of Busan train after the market/restaurant photos, I guess I got mixed up with the chronological order of the photos.

Indeed they love octopus, I don’t think I have ever seen live ones in an Asian market! All those seafood, I envy you! Those street food.

The leaves look like purple shiso…

I think I will totally get lost in this country, there isn’t a word I can read.

It’ my understanding that our friend @joonjoon is also traveling in Korea at this time. (My condolences my friend). I’ll tag him in case he checks in and maybe knows something about the area’s you are posting.




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“Life-or-Death Survival Begins”!!!

That surely must trigger anxiety in some of the smaller kids travelling with their parents to Busan? ‘Mommy, is our train going to be okay?’

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Photocopier or printer? Just a Korean cash machine.

Bitcoin is a big thing in Korea at the moment.

Dried/salted fish sold on a vehicle.

A mother and daughter were eating this nice looking meal by the roadside where they had their fish stall. I stopped to see what they were eating and gestured if I could make a photo. Korean shop keepers don’t mind you making photos, just don’t get into their way. Busanese are a nice bunch. We shall see next week if it’s true Seoulites are as coarse and nasty as everyone says.


More photos of the fish market.

Still twitching.


Oysters, shucked and bagged.

Shellfish specialist.

One of the rows inside the main building.

Mussels bigger than my head. I had them in Chile as big as my shoes. The smaller the better so don’t be fooled by the size.

Red sea squirts. I ate one yesterday. Not the same sea squirts in Chile, though. That’s a totally different thing.

Ray bodies being hung to dry. What happens to the wings?

Fish drying on the pavement.

Not only fresh fish are popular.

Next to other dried fish. Fish floss?


I love dried Korean squid!

Amazing photos that you share, thank you!

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Thank you, @Salsailsa. Enjoy you well deserved holiday in :sunny: Mexico! :sunny:

Fish fermenting outside.

The little shop in the photo above. It is in a poorer are of town. Fermenting fish container is next to pink veg basket.

Grill grates. The dishwasher has to wash everything manually before the restaurant is open again at lunch time. There are a few things that need to be washed by hand but most can go in the dishwasher. It doesn’t work like that here. Although I haven’t gotten sick from questionable hygiene at some places I still prefer machine wash everything. Efficient water usage and optimal hygiene because I’m a clean freak and perfectionist.

I have told you how much Koreans love their oysters. Empty shells outside restaurant behind my lodging.

Just a vehicle parked in front of a restaurant. When I poked my head in it’s a man sharpening knives inside.

And speaking of knives…

I got 2 for the partner, for eur. 30. No one can touch my good knives at home.

The only knife stall I found and it’s at the fish market. The man was just done sharpening my knives and putting them in a bag for me.


Fresh kakis are being sold everywhere although it’s not in season anymore and they are extremely ripe and don’t look good. The dried version looks a bit better. I got some (but not from this street cart).

Dried fish.

Behind the cart.

Where I ate fresh seafood.

I watched it twitch the whole time I was sitting there eating. It had half the body.

The stall where I ate. Was debating if I wanted to try these worms (next to the oysters).

Charging station provided by the metro company. You also see it in the mall.


I took the train to Seoul, second class this time.

Got on the train 45mins in advance to make photos and because it’s warmer inside the train. This is a second class carriage shortly before it was completely full. There was not enough seats so some people were standing in the path. Lots of young military recruits without tickets (I think they get to ride for free so they can’t really sit unless the seats are unoccupied).

The train.

I made it to Busan.

Everyone brought (savoury) food on the train.

And I also brought mine. Got this box of dried persimmon slices in Busan for 4,50 euros, just saw the same thing on the street here for twice as much. The steamed bun has sweet red bean paste. Haribo I brought from home.

The beer is a colab product of Mikkeller and The Booth, a Korean craft brewery.

Arrived at Seoul train station.

This must be a slow and cheaper train between Seoul and Busan. The fast train takes more than 2 hours.

Seems I’m the only one who takes the stairs in Korea.

Tomorrow is my last day. Can’t wait to go home. The noises, the sheer amounts of people, the constant bombardments of seizure-inducing lights and flashing screens everywhere. It’s a massive sensory overload. I don’t last long in big cities.

More photos when I get home.


It was tense at the border today. My tour to Joint Security Area was cancelled due to some high-level talk with NK this morning. I’m glad it was only about the coming Olympics. Am still gutted but I got to visit the DMZ and that’s still better than nothing. Heavy military presence and press vehicles lined the road leading to the check point.

Whoa, all this is extremely touristy. Seems all the tourists want to do these tours. FYI, certain nationalities are not allowed to go on these tours at all.

The mountains in the distance are NK. The villages are fake.

My camera has no zoom but you can see where I mark the flag poles of SK (white) and NK (red). Not seen in the photo but the JSA is just to the right of the SK flag pole, where a NK soldier defected to the south only last month or so. That’s the tour to where I was going was cancelled today.

Besides the 3rd infiltration tunnel I also went to the “northern most” train station. No real records of the tunnel visit because you have to leave everything in a locker outside. It was a good work-out, though. My neck and back still hurt and I’m not big or tall. My partner, who is nearly 2m/6"4’ tall had it worse.

Be thankful for the work of your service(wo)men here who endure all kinds of things. It’s cold and always tense.

“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold

Market stall in Lima
Credit: TXMX 2